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Learn about the signs of iron deficiency.

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Hair loss 3
Hair loss 3
Craving to eat non-food items. 2
Craving to eat non-food items. 2
Cold intolerance 8
Cold intolerance 8
Restless Leg Syndrome 3,5
Restless Leg Syndrome 3,5
Dizziness, irritability and loss of concentration 2,4
Dizziness, irritability and loss of concentration 2,4
Sore tongue or dry mouth 2,10
Sore tongue or dry mouth 2,10
Shortness of breath 2
Shortness of breath 2
Cracks and ulcers in your mouth 6
Cracks and ulcers in your mouth 6
Paleness 2
Paleness 2
Brittle or spooned-shaped nails 2,7
Brittle or spooned-shaped nails 2,7
Increased susceptibility to infection 9
Increased susceptibility to infection 9
Headaches 2
Headaches 2
Fatigue 1,2
Fatigue 1,2

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